Carnage

The lives of disparate characters become intertwined through a series of coincidences linked to a bull that gores a young bullfighter in southern Spain. After the bull is dismembered, its parts are scattered throughout Europe and wind up in the possession of, among others, a philandering research scientist, a lonely actress, a small girl who saw the bullfight on television, her teacher, and a creepy taxidermist. French director Delphine Gleize displays an assured and lyrical visual style in her first feature, creating moments of genuine grace and beauty throughout. But integrating the various story lines and thematic threads seems at times more than she can manage, leading to some confusing sequences and odd shifts in dramatic tone. This is a flawed but rich debut. In French with subtitles. 123 min.

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